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After a long hiatus since releasing the Downy Mildew discography, An Accidental Universe is the return of Charlie Baldonado to the universe of contemporary music.
This album eases the listener in with glassy guitar and blissful psychedelic vocal choruses, accelerates with driving jangle and meandering plucking that moves melancholia forward and at times becomes a sonic merry-go-round. The momentous songs of changing perspectives and temporality weave in and out of decelerated somber yet dreamy odes to drifting and fugitive experience. The album finishes by revisiting an earlier track in a different tempo and instrumentation, emphasizing that time in the constant both in subject matter and medium. An Accidental Universe is rich with mind-expanding music sensibilities that Baldonado has mined since his youth, as well as vivid post punk sensibilities he contributed to in the period of his previous records with Downy Mildew (1986 to 1994).
Anchored on drums by long time friend and collaborator John Hofer (Downy Mildew, the Mother Hips, Freewheelers), Baldonado plays all instruments and handles all vocals with help from his daughter Paulina. The album was produced and mastered by John Paterno (Los Lobos, Stephen Duffy, Roger Manning). The results have culminated in an album that upon hearing , we know we've been waiting 24 years for.